All too often we talk about what the big tech providers are doing and how they are going to change our lives. But the real question comes down to: how are these tech moves going to impact our business? Well, we are actually getting a real glimpse into what many of the large technology providers are looking to do by simply taking a closer look at their patents. It’s really very telling to keep a close on the patent market.
There is a growing need for standards and data interoperability in the construction space. The IoT (Internet of Things) technology has left few industries untouched by its promise of insight-driving data, streamlined workflows, proactive and predictive maintenance, and more. Construction is no exception. The IoT in construction is blossoming, but there are interoperability hurdles that hold adoption back. Interoperability is key to building data solutions. Perhaps the easiest way to describe the need for interoperability and standards in data or the IoT is that machines and systems need to “speak the same language.”
“Stop the madness.” Those three words perhaps set the wheels in motion to launch what is now a very impressive initiative being headed up by some of the smartest people in construction. I have yet to meet anyone of the planet that doesn’t concur that with the right data, there are endless opportunities in infrastructure and construction in the coming years.
The construction industry is beginning to realize it’s facing disruption—either change or be displaced by a rapidly changing digital world. No longer can a construction manager sit in a jobsite trailer or office and assess what’s happening in the field. Today it’s all about realtime information that needs to be acted upon.
Here at Constructech we have been saying for years that construction professionals will make the necessary investment in cutting-edge technology. I recently spent a few days watching the construction industry take a giant step into the future reaffirming my belief construction is going to leapfrog many other industries.
There is no doubt the construction industry continues to hold great promise for all that embrace the possibilities. I learned several years ago these possibilities help project managers identify, prevent, and reduce potential costly delays and disruptions before and after breaking ground. The ability to access information wherever contractors might be—in the office, field, or somewhere in between—is essential. And that means selecting the right software solution to help maintain and manage your ability to collaborate between the office and the field.
It’s really great to see the Wall Street Journal, www.wsj.com, paying attention to what we have to say these days. If you have been following any of my blogs at Constructech or at our sister publication Connected World, www.connectedworld.com, then you know I have been insisting construction will be facing a significant transformation and, as a result, it will be instrumental in the rebuilding of America.
Last week I gave a talk to a group of Bosch, www.bosch.us executives. I wanted to make sure that all of the research I have been doing in preparation for this talk and others is still right on track. And you know what, my earlier view that construction is going to play a very critical role in the growth of the IoT (Internet of Things) is stronger than ever.
I have been in the workforce for a fair number of years now. And I must confess that at this point in my career I can say without hesitation that a lot has changed in the past couple of decades, particularly when we’re talking about women in the corporate world.
It’s not uncommon to see a contractor working at construction jobsites doing a wide range of tasks that require the honing of one’s craft to complete day-to-day choirs.